The 2014 Season at a Glance

Somehow the season has come and gone. And I feel really bad that I haven’t updated since April. So, before the year is over, I definitely want to share some of the highlights of our season. I have to say it was quite an intense year for us. It was an amazingly successful year, especially for it being just our second season, but it definitely was more intense then we could have ever imagined. We did four farmers markets a week throughout the valley, sold produce to 10 different restaurants, started selling wholesale to a local distributor, and sold produce to Southern Oregon University’s cafeteria and catering services. We were pretty darn busy. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we were harvesting and washing all day for market. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday we were at a farmers market. I have no idea how we had time to continue planting, weeding, rotating sheep and chickens, and everything else necessary to run a farm but somehow we did it. And we learned a lot. And we are so very grateful for everyone who helped support us throughout the season. We really appreciate it! 

One of our late Spring plant outs. 24 trays, 4,600 plants

Beginning of April- Our first seedlings are ready to plant. 24 trays-4,600 plants of mixed lettuces and brassicas. All in a good day’s work.

Our plant out

That same day- Transplanting the seedlings in our Mountain View Field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few weeks later, and look how well those seedlings grew

Beginning of May- Look how well those same seedlings grew! We have already begun harvesting some of the crops here for market.

Beginning of May- Arrival of our 20 little lambs

Beginning of May- Arrival of our 20 little lambs. We got a breed called St. Criox, which are a hair breed, meaning they don’t have wool, they have hair. They are an old heritage breed and are well known for their tender lean meat, disease and parasite resistance, and good breeding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One week later, our Maremma sheep dog arrived. Here is she only 8 weeks old

One week later, our Maremma sheep dog arrived. Here, she is only 8 weeks old. Luna is her name and she lives outdoors with the sheep and will protect the farm and hopefully chase away the deer.

Strawberries! We had so many strawberries this year. They are hard to pick but are an amazing crop

Strawberries! We had so many strawberries this year. Which is amazing because they were seriously the best strawberries ever! The catch is that they are super tedious to pick and very time consuming. But definitely worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic Harvest

Beginning of June- We had a beautiful garlic harvest

Tomato madness! We had an unbelievable tomato crop this year.

Tomato madness! We had an unbelievable tomato crop this year…..thousands of pounds of beefsteak, New Girls, heirlooms, romas, and tomatillos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our sheep got spoiled with lots of extra produce that didn't sell at market

Our sheep got spoiled with lots of extra produce that didn’t sell at market

And so did the chickens!

The chickens got lots of extra produce too! They were also rotated throughout our old veggie patches to glean the vegetables and fertilize the soil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luna's growing fast! Here she is protecting the sheep

End of June- Luna’s growing fast!

One of the many farmers market booths we did this season.

One of the many farmers market booths we did this season.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the NRCS we built another hoop house. We discovered what a big difference the hoop houses make in extending the season and protecting summer crops from weather and pest damage.

Mid September- Thanks to the NRCS we built another hoop house to help extend our growing season.

Mid October- Our ram arrives to breed the sheep. We might have 60 more lambs next year.

Mid October- Our ram arrives to breed the sheep. Hopefully we’ll get close to 40 lambs next spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our last plant out of the season.....onions!

Early November- Our last plant out of the season…..onions and garlic!

The 2014 Wandering Roots Farm Crew!

The 2014 Wandering Roots Farm Crew! Thanks Sam and Kendra for such an awesome season. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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